The late, great King of Rock and Roll is one of seven medal recipients which also include fellow posthumous honorees Babe Ruth and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, along with Dr. Miriam Adelson, Senator Orrin Hatch, NFL Hall of Famer Roger Staubach and Justice Alan Page.
The Presidential Medal of Freedom is reportedly “the Nation’s highest civilian honor, which may be awarded by the President to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”
Elvis Presley is one of the biggest-selling music artists of all time, with sales surpassing one billion records world. He’s a 14-time Grammy-nominee and three-time Grammy winner, who impressively received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at just 35 years old. The “Love Me Tender” singer notably the only solo artist in music history to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll, Gospel and Country Halls of Fame.
Presley joins an elite list of music legends who have been awarded this high honor. President George H.W. Bush honored Ella Fitzgerald, George W. Bush honored Aretha Franklin and B.B.King (among others) and Barack Obama awarded the medal to Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Barbra Streisand and Bruce Springsteen, also among others.
As previously reported, the 50th Anniversary of Elvis Presley’s critically-acclaimed ’68 comeback TV special will be celebrated with a special 5 CD, two Blue Ray DVD box set release on Nov. 30. For more on Elvis Presley, visit his artist page at AXS.